Treat balls and turtles   Leave a comment

On an entirely different subject…

Agent T is back! Agent T is the name I’ve given to the tiny tortoise/turtle who occasionally visits and suns himself on my patio.

His first visit with Miss D was supervised. Miss D was going crazy watching Agent T through the glass of the back door, so I let her come out for a short meet and greet. The second visit was unsupervised, but seemed to go ok. Both survived, at any rate.

Based on the aftermath, this last visit was not so friendly. Agent T was on his back and hidden so deep inside his shell I wondered if the shell was empty. I quickly brought Miss D back inside and took Agent T to the safety of the front yard. I even set him down next to my morning glories in case he wanted a snack. He hadn’t moved by the time I left for work but he was gone when I returned at the end of the day, so at least I know he survived. If only Agent T had checked in with me before settling down on the patio, like I requested…

In retrospect, training Miss D to play with treat balls is probably not condusive to friendly dog-turtle relations. I started using treat balls so that Miss D would be forced to take her time eating her food and she’d be less bored during the day while I’m at work. So now she’s learned that if she nudges, paws, rolls, shakes, drops, or licks the openings of fun, round objects, food will come out … Poor Agent T.

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